Rights to payments from the funds of Efling in the event of a loss of employment and useful recommendations for social and financial assistance

Are you unemployed – are you entitled to a grant?

– Guard your rights and make use of services and the funds which Efling has to offer.

The members of Efling who find themselves out of work and collecting unemployment benefits will have to continue paying their union dues to Efling from their unemployment benefits. Thus, they maintain their earned rights to payments from the funds of the union and can continue to apply for grants from the fund for sickness benefits and education and book a vacation house.

Sickness benefits fund

  • You maintain your right to apply for grantsif you have paid your dues to Efling for six consecutive months from your wages before you became unemployed.
  • You maintain your right to apply for sickness benefits if you have paid your union dues to Efling from your wages for six consecutive months before you became unemployed.
  • If you become ill while you receive unemployment benefits you may be entitled to sickness benefits for up to three months.

Further information

Educational fund

  • You are able to apply for a grant if you have paid your union dues for 6 of the last 24 months and been a union member as you attended your school/course.
  • After employment ends and you’ve stopped paying your union dues you have 3 months after you’ve stopped contributing to the union to submit an application.
  • If you are registered with the Directorate of Labor, then you must submit a confirmation of the sum of the grant along with the application, regardless of whether a grant from the Directorate of Labor or not.

Further information

Recreational fund

  • You will be able to purchase cards, gift cards and have your payments for lodgings inside Iceland subsidized if you have paid your union dues to Efling for six consecutive months.
  • If you are receiving unemployment benefits then you will have to keep contributing to Efling to maintain your right to book a vacation house.

Further information

We also remind everyone to make use of the services which Efling is offering.

These include:

  • Legal services for members of Efling on Tuesdays at Guðrúnartún 1, tel.no. 5107500.
  • The wage affairs division assists you if you believe your rights have beeb violated.

New in Iceland – Ráðgjafastofa innflytjenda

Are you new in Iceland? Or still adjusting? Do you have a question or need assistance?

At New in Icleand immigrants can get assistance to feel safe, to be well-informed and supported while living in Iceland. The counselors offer information and advice with respect to privacy and confidentiality.
Tel: 456 7555

Are you having financial difficulties?

We are getting more and more requests from Efling members because of delays in the process of applications for unemployment benefits at the Directorate of labour, many people have lost their jobs because of the pandemic and are experiencing financial trouble. We would like to do what we can to help.

Even though we can do little about the delays at the Directorate of labour we can help in other ways. If you suspect that your rights or collective agreement is broken and your workplace owes you wages you should contact Efling office (Kjaramál)

We want to point out that the municipality you live in is required by law to assist people in urgent need financially and you can apply for social benefits if you don´t have the right to unemployment benefits.

Financial Aid


Reykjavík: Information available in Icelandic, English and Polish. There are 5 of them in Reykjavik.

Hraunbær 115, 110 Reykjavík         tel. 411 1200    email     arbaer-grafarholt@reykjavik.is

Álfabakki 10, 109 Reykjavík             tel. 411 1300    email     breidholt@reykjavik.is

Gylfaflöt 5, 112 Reykjavík                tel. 411 1400    email      midgardur@reykjavik.is

Efstaleiti 1, 103 Reykjavík                tel. 411 1500    email      laugardalur.haaleiti@reykjavik.is

Laugavegur 77, 101 Reykjavík         tel. 411 1600     email     vmh@reykjavik.is

Application form https://reykjavik.is/thjonusta/fjarhagsadstod


Kópavogur – Digranesvegur 1, 200 Kópavogur tel: 441 0000, email: kopavogur@kopavogur.is

Application form: https://www.kopavogur.is/en/residents/social-services/social-counselling/financial-assistance


Seltjarnarnes – Austurströnd 2, 170 Seltjarnarnes tel. 595 9100, email: postur@seltjarnarnes.is



Mosfellsbær – Þverholti 2, 270 Mosfellsbær tel. 525 6700 email. mos@mos.is


Hveragerði and Ölfus

Hveragerði – Breiðumörk, 810 Hveragerði tel. 483 4000, email: mottaka@hveragerdi.is


Ölfus municipality offices – Hafnarberg 1, 815 Þorlákshöfn Tel: 480 3800, email: olfus@olfus.is

Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 and from 13:00 – 16:00.


NGO´s financial assistant

There are also NGO´s supplying financial assistant, food and clothing:

Subvention for Mothers (Mæðrastyrksnefnd)

Located at Hátún 12b Mæðrastyrksnefnd (an association of women that supports those in need) allocates food and clothing to people undergoing financial difficulties. It is not only single mothers that seek help from Mæðrastyrksnefnd. Men, both single and with children, the disabled and senior citizens also look to them for help.

The allocation of food, clothing etc. is scheduled next on June 23rd for individuals and June 24th for families at 12-14. Follow their updates on their website https://www.maedur.is/ (only in Icelandic) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Maedur.is/

Iceland family aid (Fjölskylduhjálp)

IFA assists women, men and children in need, regardless of their origin with with food, medicine, haircuts, clothing, infant products and toys.

Located at Iðufell 14, 111 Reykjavík tel. 551 3360 email. hjalp@fjolskylduhjalp.is

https://fjolskylduhjalp.is/en/ and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fjolskylduhjalp

The Red Cross Helpline 1717 is a dedicated phone and chat for those who need someone to talk to in confidentiality. Free of charge

English – https://www.raudikrossinn.is/1717/english/

Icelandic – https://www.raudikrossinn.is/hvad-gerum-vid/hjalparsiminn-1717/hvad-gerum-vid-3

Polish – https://www.raudikrossinn.is/1717/polski/

Let’s take a stand together against violence – the home is supposed to be a safe place

Are you in a situation where you feel that your health or safety are under threat because of the violence of a family member? In Iceland, people who suffer violence are offered various kinds of counseling and support to escape from such circumstances.

Violence can be of various kinds and in each instance, there is often more than one type of violence. The violence can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic and digital as well as diverse types of conduct which contain intimidation, threats, manipulation and/or coercion. Violence in intimate relationships is a process which is often described as a certain cycle of violence where the tension in the relationship builds to an explosion of some sort where the violence gets worse, only for everything to become calm as the perpetrator apologizes and even promises never to do it again. This is often followed by a period of tranquility. Then the tension again begins to build up and the cycle continues.

There are numerous ways to receive assistance, many of which are available without charge. All you need to do is contact one of those places and tell them that you need help. It’s possible to call too seldom but never too often.

Women´s shelter

Kvennaathvarfið (The Women´s shelter) is a place where women can seek various kinds of counseling and assistance because of domestic violence. Everything from receiving assistance via telephone to staying there on one’s own or with one’s children to avoid violence.


Bjarkarhlíð is an advisory center for the sufferers of all kinds of violence. Note particularly that Bjarkarhlíð employs a police woman who specializes in attending to the sufferers of violence. She can provide all the necessary information and counseling.

Stígamót – Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence

Stígamót provides people sufferers of sexual violence with free counseling.

Assistance for disabled people who suffer violence

Réttindagæslumenn fatlaðra assist disabled people who suffer violence.

112 emergency number

112 has staff which have been especially trained to receive phone calls from the sufferers of violence. Do not hesitate to call if you are in danger.

Red Cross Helpline 1717

Hjálparsíminn 1717. No problem is to great or too small for Hjálparsíminn 1717 and the internet chat box of the Red Cross. Trained and experienced volunteers of all ages answer those calls and messages received through the chat box online.

Heimilisfriður – Counseling center

Heimilisfriður provides individuals who wish to get their violent tendencies under control with counseling. The service is rendered for a small fee.